For club and country

Support this appeal to help remember the Swindon Town players who fought during the First World War.

Did you know?

Swindon Town played many wartime friendlies against forces teams.

Featured footballer

Frederick Wheatcroft

Frederick Wheatcroft was a key part of Swindon Town’s great Edwardian team. As a talented inside forward he helped them reach the FA Cup semi-final twice in 1910 and 1912. Wheatcroft also worked as a school teacher and was an amateur international.

Despite being married he attested under the Lord Derby Scheme in 1915, being called up in 1916. He served as a Second Lieutenant with the 5th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. He was killed during the Battle of Cambrai on 27 November 1917.

Players who served and died

  • George Bathe
  • Arthur Beadsworth
  • William Brewer
  • James Chalmers
  • William Kirby
  • Albert Milton
  • Edward Murphy
  • Frederick Wheatcroft

Find out more about this club at Football and the First World War.

Our ambassador

Sir Trevor Brooking

"During and after the First World War, trees were planted in remembrance, marking the loss of life and the sacrifices made. We feel strongly that we should continue this tradition and create a living and growing legacy as a fitting tribute to football’s involvement that people can visit."

Not your club? Check out our list of football clubs involved in the First World War or donate to the National Football Museum's appeal.

For club and country